So are Nvidia just cheapskates? I mean did they produce all the 6800 series with 16pp and 6vp then just disable some of them for their "lower" versions (LE/XT) where they were sold at a lower but still profitable price. Then for the "higher" versions (GT/Ultra) they just left the pipelines enabled and sold them for an inflated price?
Also how would my card handle with all pipelines unlocked? just the same as the GT and Ultra versions do? So if I unlock them all the card will be fine or is there more to it than that?
EDIT: Tried another game, Hitman Blood Money. While at the same settings it did run 8 frames faster than before (17 - 25) I noticed that on some surfaces there where small distortions, possibly artifacts?
a pic. Look at the top of the freezer on the right and on the seat of the right hand, red chair. See the white lines? Are those artifacts? If so what does this mean for me and my card?